Tennis and Philosophy

Tennis and Philosophy

What the Racket is All About

The Philosophy of Popular Culture

Edited by David Baggett

Contributions by David F. Wallace, David Baggett, Mark Huston, Kevin Kinghorn, David Detmer, Tommy Valentini, Robert R. Clewis, Mark Foreman, Helen Ditouras, Mark Huston, Jeanine Schroer, Maureen Linker, David Baggett and Neil Delaney

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

294 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 0 b&w photo

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780813125749
  • Published: April 2010

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Tennis smashed onto the worldwide athletic scene soon after its modern rules and equipment were introduced in nineteenth-century England. Exciting, competitive, and uniquely accessible to people of all ages and talent levels, tennis continues to enjoy popularity, both as a recreational activity and a spectator sport.

Life imitates sport in Tennis and Philosophy. Editor David Baggett approaches tennis not only as a game but also as a surprisingly rich resource for philosophical analysis. He assembles a team of champion scholars, including David Foster Wallace, Robert R. Clewis, David Detmer, Mark Huston, Tommy Valentini, Neil Delaney, and Kevin Kinghorn, to consider numerous philosophical issues within the sport. Profiles of tennis greats such as John McEnroe, Roger Federer, the Williams sisters, and Arthur Ashe are paired with pertinent topics, from the ethics of rage to the role of rivalry. Whether entertaining metaphysical arguments or examining the nature of beauty, these essays promise insightful discussion of one of the world's most popular sports.